The current study provides data from two patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis, who charted several of their symptoms over time.
Each patient charted domains that were relevant to them, and they were attempting to assess the effects of specific interventions. An AB operant design was used for both participants. The findings indicate that by charting symptoms on a regular basis, it is possible to determine if a particular intervention is helpful and effective.
This methodology is easily available to patients and clinicians so that they can have a clearer idea of the effectiveness of interventions for managing some symptoms of ME.
The Use of Operant Methods to Evaluate Interventions for Patients With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, by Leonard A Jason, Elizabeth K Kidd, Abigail A Brown, and Stephanie McManimen, Rachael Korinek and Joey Tuan in Middle East Journal of Rehabilitation and Health [published online 27 April 2016]